District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division


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Contact Information

Physical address:
1100 4th Street, SW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 671-4500

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Licenses

We track the following licenses with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other Compliance Core™ data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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District of Columbia Basic Business License - Asbestos Abatement Business

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$962.50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$962.50

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.
  • Renewals can be filed as early as 75 days prior to the expiration date.

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Employment Agency

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

Initial Registration

This section applies to firms that are applying for a license in District of Columbia for the first time.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$99

Registration Renewal

This section applies to firms that are already licensed in District of Columbia and need to renew their license.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$99

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.
  • Renewals can be filed as early as 75 days prior to the expiration date.

District of Columbia Basic Business License - General Business

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division
Law:

DC Code § 47-2851.03d

Notes:

Businesses that have a basic business license in a different classification than the general business license typically do not need a general business license as well. Only businesses with elevator, retail cigarette, patent medicine, food product, or vending machine classifications will need to apply for the additional general business license. Nonprofit organizations generally hold a charitable solicitation license instead of a general business license.

To obtain a general business license, the organization must:

  • foreign qualify
  • obtain a tax registration or exemption
  • obtain their certificate of clean hands
  • obtain a certificate of occupancy if they have a physical presence in the district
  • apply for the general business license


What is “Clean Hands”? (DC Code § 47-2862)
During the Basic Business License application process, all applicants must certify that no more than $100.00 is owed to the District of Columbia Government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes. This must be obtained in one of two ways: 

  1. If you are a District of Columbia individual or business taxpayer, you must log-in to your MyTax.DC.gov account to generate the request. If you do not have a MyTax account and are required to pay District of Columbia taxes (business or individual), you must first create a MyTax.DC.gov account. Once the account has been created, you can utilize the self-service feature to execute the request.
  2. If you are not required to pay District of Columbia taxes and require a Certificate of Clean Hands, a manual request can be requested here.

In either case, the Certificate of Clean Hands will expire 90 days from the date of issuance. 

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Entities that have an endorsement under a different license endorsement category
  • Entities comprised of principals who are required to maintain licenses granted or regulated by a local, state, or national certification board or body
Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

Code of the District of Columbia § 47-2851.03d.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$99

Turnaround:

Immediate

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$99

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.
  • Renewals can be filed as early as 75 days prior to the expiration date.
Penalties:

Penalty fees accumulate as follows:

  • $250 starting 1 day after the expiration date
  • $500 starting 1 month after the expiration date
  • $500 + an additional fee based on the license fee starting 6 months after the expiration date. The license also becomes ineligible for renewal and a new application must be filed.

 

District of Columbia Basic Business License - General Contractor/Construction Manager

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

For Class A licenses: $2,500,000 in general liability insurance coverage, Class B licenses: $1,500,000, Class C or G licenses: $500,000 per occurance and $1,000,000 in aggregate, Class H licenses: $500,000 in general liability insurance coverage.

Bond Requirements:

There is no bond requirement for this license.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$654.50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Register your business entity with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection.
  2. Register with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Register with the Office of the Zoning Administrator.
  4. Apply for a license using the Basic Business License Online Application

 

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection.
  2. Register with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Register with the Office of the Zoning Administrator. (only if operating an office location in the District)
  4. Apply for a license using the Basic Business License Online Application
Required Attachments:

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$654.50

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.
  • Renewals can be filed as early as 75 days prior to the expiration date.
Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance 
  • Certificate Holder is:  Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • Police Criminal History Report
  • Police Criminal History Report (Form PD-70)
  • All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Home Improvement Contractor category must provide a certified copy of his/her Police Criminal History Report from the jurisdiction of residence. A resident of the District of Columbia may obtain a Police Criminal History Report (PD-70) from the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Police Criminal History Report Division, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3055, Washington, DC 20001. Call (202) 727-4245 for details. A non-resident shall obtain this report from the jurisdiction in which he/she resides. All partners in a partnership and the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of a corporation must provide a Police Criminal History Report. The report must be no older than 30 days from the
    time of application. Please provide court documentation/dispositions regarding any criminal convictions(s) to avoid delay in the review of your application.
  • Designation Letter
  • Surety Bond - Home Improvement Surety Bond
    • All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Home Improvement Contractor category must post a Surety Bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand ($25,000) for the duration of the two-year license period. The Surety Bond may be issued by an authorized insurance carrier, or the applicant may post a cash bond with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Three (3) Contract Samples
  • All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Home Improvement Contractor category must submit two (2) pre-printed Contracts in at least triplicate, on the form which shall comply with existing regulations pursuant to Code and DC Municipal Regulations.

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Home Improvement Contractor

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$288.20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$288.20

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.
  • Renewals can be filed as early as 75 days prior to the expiration date.

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - Apartment

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

Initial Registration

Registration Renewal

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - One Family Rental

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - Two Family Rental

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division

District of Columbia Charitable Solicitation License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division
Law:

District of Columbia Code Ann. § 44-1703

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that raise less than $25,000 in contributions per calendar year provided that all functions, including fund raising functions, are carried on by individuals who are unpaid and that no part of the contributions shall inure to the benefit of any officer, member, or solicitor.
  • Religious institutions
  • Membership organizations
  • Entities making solicitations solely for the American National Red Cross
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

District of Columbia Code Ann. § 44-1703

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that raise less than $25,000 in contributions per calendar year provided that all functions, including fund raising functions, are carried on by individuals who are unpaid and that no part of the contributions shall inure to the benefit of any officer, member, or solicitor.
  • Religious institutions
  • Membership organizations
  • Entities making solicitations solely for the American National Red Cross
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month prior to your registration month. If you registered for the first time in September, your report will be due by the end of August two years later.

Law:

District of Columbia Code Ann. § 44-1703

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$412.50

Turnaround:

3-4 weeks

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required
Notes:
  • Some District of Columbia counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in D.C.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in D.C.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Complete a New Business Registration with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Create a MyTax account and submit a franchise tax exemption request online.
  4. Create an Access DC account and submit an application for a charitable solicitation basic business license along with all required attachments.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Complete a New Business Registration with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Create a MyTax account and submit a franchise tax exemption request online.
  4. Create an Access DC account and submit an application for a charitable solicitation basic business license along with all required attachments.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS determination letter
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • Certificate of occupancy
  • DC tax number or certificate
  • Certified resolution

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$412.50

Due:
  • Biennially by the end of the month prior to your registration month. If you registered for the first time in September, your report will be due by the end of August two years later.
  • Licenses can be renewed as early as 75 days prior to their expiration date.
Due Date Extension:

D.C. does not grant extensions for charitable organization registration.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required
Required Attachments:

None

Financial Reporting

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days after the period for which a certificate of registration is issued OR within 30 days after a demand by the Mayor

Notes:

Each registrant shall file a report with the Mayor, stating the contributions secured as a result of any solicitation authorized by such certificate and in detail all expenses of or connected with such solicitation, and showing exactly for what use and in what manner all such contributions were or are intended to be dispensed or distributed.

Cancelation

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, submit a BBL cancelation request form online.

District of Columbia Talent Agency License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division
Notes:

The District of Columbia does not have a separate talent agency license, but an employment agency license may be required.

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-employment-agency-license

Agency Fee:

$1,534

Due:

Biennially

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